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Evaluation of the Intel 4 socket Sandy Bridge-EP server processor

Date published: 
Thursday, 6 December, 2012
Document type: 
CERN openlab report
S. Jarp
A. Lazzaro
J. Leduc
A. Nowak
L. Valsan
In this paper we report on a set of benchmark results obtained by CERN openlab when comparing a 32-core, quad socket, “Sandy Bridge-EP” server with a 16-core, dual socket, “Sandy Bridge-EP” server and a 40-core, quad socket server using Intel’s previous microarchitecture, the “Westmere-EX”. The Intel marketing names for the corresponding processors are the “Xeon E5-4600 processor series”, “Xeon E5-2600 processor series” and “Xeon E7-4800 processor series”, respectively. All three processors are produced using a 32 nm process. Multiple benchmarks were used to get a good understanding of the performance of each processor. We used both industry-standard benchmarks, such as SPEC CPU2006, and specific High Energy Physics benchmarks, representing both simulation of physics detectors and data analysis of physics events.